Arsenal beat Juventus, Barca held by Benfica
Arsenal overcame the emotional return of former captain Patrick Vieira to beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.Updated: Mar 29, 2006 15:19 IST
Arsenal overcame the emotional return of former captain Patrick Vieira to beat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.
FC Barcelona, considered to be the best team left in the tournament, had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Benfica in the day's other match on Wednesday.
The last two quarterfinal matches are scheduled for today, with Inter Milan taking on Villarreal and Lyon hosting AC Milan.
Arsenal took the lead in the 40th minute when Robert Pires won the ball from Vieira, who had spent the previous nine years with the Gunners in London.
Pires then passed the ball to Thierry Henry, who fed Cesc Fabregas for a shot that went through the legs of Juventus defender Lilian Thuram.
Henry nearly scored another a minute later but his angled shot went wide. He then had an attempt thwarted by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the 60th. The Frenchman made sure of his shot in the 69th, however, collecting a ball directly in front of the net and scoring while off-balance.
"We wanted to play well defensively and score goals and we managed to do both," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "There is still a difficult job to do in Turin. We are only halfway there and we want to finish the job next week."
Two minutes after the second goal, Vieira was given a yellow card for kicking Jose Antonio Reyes. That card will keep Vieira from playing for the Italian champions in the second leg in Turin on April 5.
Both Jonathan Zebina and Mauro Camoranesi of Juventus were ejected for getting second yellow cards.
First Published: Mar 29, 2006 14:34 IST